The driving force of Pamela Z’s luminous musical career has been to unearth sounds unheard and unfelt. Combining voice, live electronics, sampled sound, and video in real time, Z weaves complex and beguiling musical pieces from a plethora of sources. The renowned composer and performer is a pioneer of live digital looping techniques, processing her live voice to create dense sonic layers. Her solo works combine experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, digital processing, and wireless MIDI controllers that allow her to manipulate sound through her physical gestures.
Widely celebrated for her compositional work and unique performances, Z is a peer of like-minded innovators of contemporary music such as John Cage and Meredith Monk. The 1988 opus Echolocation – initially released as a limited run cassette tape, but recently reissued on RVNG sublabel Freedom To Spend – is a perfect early embodiment of Z’s artistic sensibilities: kaleidoscopic and complex, while remaining intimate and immediate. During Rewire, her performance includes works from her most recent solo album ‘A Secret Code’, which shines brightly with musical playfulness, inventiveness, and virtuosity.
Pamela Z performs on Sunday 9 April.